What is EnerGuide? Part 1 of the EnerGuide Series
December 19, 2014
We’ve all seen the stickers on our new appliances, but why are they there?
EnerGuide is an awesome program backed by the Government of Canada to help consumers make more economical choices for their homes.
Over the coming weeks we will explore some of the more specific guidelines, but for now, let’s take a look at the program as a whole.
EnerGuide is like the United State’s ENERGY STAR rating system; it helps consumers make more informed choices when purchasing certain products such as home electronics, light bulbs, appliances and HVAC equipment, just to name a few (Full list here). All appliances are eligible to earn an EnerGuide rating as is all heating and air conditioning equipment. EnerGuide stickers can be found on all retail products that have received a rating.
Now, you may ask why this is important to you. Well, using EnerGuide appliances and HVAC equipment in your home will help both you and the environment:
- It will save you money – EnerGuide approved appliances work at higher efficiency than older, outdated models. EnerGuide has very high standards and does not compromise its integrity. These products have been thoroughly tested and given a rating you can trust. Buying smart can end up helping you save on your hydro bills.
- You can get rebates – Did you know that there are home renovation rebates that focus on making your house more environmentally sound? For example, Union Gas is currently offering home renovation rebates when you replace your old furnace with a high-efficiency model (most EnerGuide rated furnaces also carry an ENERGY STAR rating; make sure to check the efficiency specifications and ensure your new furnace will apply). You will see your gas bill go down after installation and you will get money back on your new purchase.
- You can help the environment – Natural Resources Canada’s goal with this program is twofold: they would like to see more energy efficient products in the homes of citizens, but they would also like to preserve our country’s natural resources and environment as a whole. Around 20 per cent of Canada’s energy still comes from non-renewable resources while another approximately 15 per cent comes from nuclear power, which creates dangerous by-products. When we are using less in our homes we end up releasing fewer potentially dangerous gasses and waste into our environment. This helps keep Canada clean. That has got to make you feel good about your EnerGuide purchases!
So there it is – the EnerGuide program is here to help Canadians make informed decisions about the products they bring into their home while helping the environment and saving money.
If you have more questions about EnerGuide, make sure to visit the blog weekly as we explore EnerGuide Standards, new home efficiency regulations and even how know you’re getting the best options when choosing new appliances and HVAC equipment.
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